Elyari's Hope is something of an experience more than just one of many places to eat in Andaris. Located in Midtown, this restaurant has humble beginnings. It was started by Elyari, and her husband, Carlisle in the hopes of allowing Elyari to live out her dream.
The restaurant caters to both fine dining (the interior seating), and casual fare (the outdoor seating), so it has something for everyone. But its true specialty is the many varied herbal drinks the restaurant has to offer. The food is excellent, and the menu changes frequently, as Elyari's inspiration changes. Elyari's Hope does however offer a few permanent dishes that are chosen based on the interest of the restaurant's most loyal customers.
Elyari's Hope offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Moderator's Note: Players are free to control NPCs in this location without moderation.
Age: 43 arcs
Title: Chef, and Owner of Elyari's Hope
Skills: Baking; 60, Cooking; 80, Etiquette; 30, Leadership; 30, Medicine; 50, Teaching; 30, Storytelling; 5
Elyari hasn't had an easy life. But the saying "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" is a core aspect of her life. She has struggled through the bad times in her life, making the best of what she had. And it has paid off. Now she has a restaurant of her own, and the means to pursue her dream of being the best chef she can be.
Tied closely to her love of cooking, Elyari has a fascination with herbs, and the idea that medicinal herbs can be used to create food that will make people feel better. So she has studied a great deal about herbs, and what they can do. She uses this knowledge in her cooking, and in making a line of herbal drinks that Elyari's Hope is well known for.
In the pursuit of her dreams, she did get a few breaks, the biggest one being a mentor who believed in her, and was willing to take her under her wing. For that reason, Elyari believes in giving back the kindness she was shown when she needed it the most. To do this, she takes on 3-5 apprentices at a time, teaching them everything she knows until they are confident enough to pursue their own dreams. In doing this, she gets the benefit of helpers, who are paid a fair wage. In return, they get the benefit of her knowledge, and the chance to practice their skills in a real restaurant where they can also learn time management, multitasking, and other skills that are crucial to a chef.
Age: 45 arcs
Title: Co Owner of Elyari's Hope
Skills: Business Management; 60, Etiquette; 35, Negotiation; 30, Mixology; 50, Storytelling; 20
Carlisle is both Elyari's husband, and the co owner of Elyari's Hope. He runs the business side of things, and he has a sharp eye for a good deal when it comes to getting something the restaurant needs. When not managing the books, he can be found behind the bar mixing drinks for the customers. He is a great listener, and he always has a story to share.
Race: Mixed; Biqaj/Human
Age: 19 arcs
Title: Apprentice/Kitchen Help
Skills: Baking; 5, Basket Weaving; 30, Candlemaking; 30, Cooking; 40, Drawing; 50, Painting; 50
Aris has a natural talent for art. But while it comes easily to her, and she enjoys it as a hobby, her true passion is cooking. She has been Elyari's apprentice for 4 arcs now. He cooking skills are coming along well, and she has learned to put her artistic talents to good use in the beautiful way she presents her dishes. But she is a menace when it comes to baking, and has started more than one kitchen fire in her attempts to master the skill.
Aris is a friendly, outgoing girl with a ready charm that makes it hard not to like her. But while she may seem carefree, she goes after her dreams with an intense determination that may shock those who don't see beyond the friendly exterior. In the pursuit of her dreams, she can be ruthless, but she never misses an opportunity to offer help to her fellow apprentices. She wants to succeed, but not at the expense of those she cares about.
Aris is fiercely protective of her friends. And there isn't anything she wouldn't do for Elyari, and Carlisle, who she sees as adopted parents as well as mentors. But she has something of an impish nature, and this shows in her rivalry with Andiron. She insists on calling him Andi, and teasing him about his offended dignity when he gets upset about it. But if he ever needed her, all thoughts of rivalry would fall away and she would support him in any way she could.
Aris has the tendency to adopt any apprentice who comes after her as a "little" sister or brother. She also helps out by making the baskets that the bread is served in, and the candles for the tables in the fine dining section.
Age: 21 arcs
Title: Apprentice/Kitchen Help
Skills: Baking; 25, Cooking; 25, Etiquette; 60, Mixology; 30, Vinting; 40
Andiron grew up on a vineyard in Venora. As a result, he knows a great deal about wines; the making of them, growing the grapes the wines are made from, and determining the quality of wine. But his older brother was to inherit the family vineyard, and didn't want Andiron around showing him up. So when their parents died, Andiron found himself kicked out of his family, and on his own.
He found his way to Andaris, and was taken on as one of Elyari's apprentices three arcs ago. When he started, cooking wasn't his true passion. Working at Elyari's Hope was a means for him to save up the money he needs for what he really wanted; a vineyard of his own. But since then, he has discovered a love of cooking, and he is now questioning what he really wants out of life.
Andiron is a perfectionist. He is stiff and cool around others unless they can give him something he wants. He feels hugely superior to the other apprentices, but is quick to acknowledge Elyari's skills are far superior to his own.
Andiron is incredibly dignified, and he can't take a joke. As a result, he is always clashing with Aris. He hates being called Andi because he feels it is demeaning, and undignified.
Age: 25 arcs
Skills: Cooking; 10, Detection; 30, Etiquette; 45, Linguistics; 55, Psychology; 45
Senryo is a charmer, but it is all in harmless fun. He will never flirt with a girl unless he feels that she will welcome it. He is friendly, and outgoing. And when the situation needs a bit of lightening up, he has a ready joke, or a playful prank to cheer things up.
Senryo is very protective of the people he cares about. He is the "big brother" of most of his coworkers, and he treats Elyari and her husband like a second set of parents. When with a customer, he is friendly, or formal as the situation calls for. Senryo is very observant, and is a good judge of character. It is rare that he misjudges the situation, and acts in a way that will upset anyone.
He is good at what he does, and is very happy doing it. In a pinch, he can help out in the kitchen, but it is definitely not where his talents, or interests lay. He is, however, interested in languages, and enjoys studying them in his spare time. This benefits Elyari's Hope greatly because when a foreigner comes for a visit, there is a good chance that he can understand enough of what they are saying to help them.
Senryo is fluent in Common, Haltunga, Nysin, Rakahi, and Xanthea. He is conversational in Ith'ession, Leni, Lorien, and Vorkelien.
Age: 24 arcs
Skills: Etiquette; 25, Fishing; 55, Navigation; 30, Negotiation; 45, and Seafaring; 45
Taru is a man of the sea. He was born on his family's ship, and would have been content to live out his life on it. But a severe storm left him with an injury that made life on a ship impossible. Feeling very much at a loss with what to do with himself, he happened to eat at Elyari's Hope on a trial that they desperately needed help. He was short on nels at the time, so he offered to help in exchange for waiving his bill. They took him up on his offer, and when the trial was over, they offered him a job on the spot. Since he had few other options, he was happy to take the offer.
Taru likes working at Elyari's Hope well enough, but he longs for the sea. As a result, he can be moody at times, falling into a sullen depression that can last for several trials. But he is trying to make the best of it, and when not sullen and moody, Taru is friendly and outgoing.
He loves to fish because it is a tie to what he has lost. And his skill at it makes him a valuable resource for Elyari and Carlisle. When not working at the restaurant, he can be found fishing. His efforts provide a lot of the more common fish that the restaurant serves.
Age: 17 arcs
Skills: Musical Instrument; Flute; 45, Musical Instrument; Fiddle; 45, Musical Instrument; Hang Drum; 55, Singing; 30, Storytelling; 30
Serani, or Sera as her friends call her is obsessed with music. She loves listening to it, playing it, and singing. And if you ever get her talking about music, she will happily talk forever about her favorite subject.
She and her sister, Lissa were hired on permanently as entertainment for the customers. Most of the time, they perform for the customers in the fine dining section. But those in the casual fare section can hear them as well. And they will put on special events as needed.
Age: 19 arcs
Skills: Dancing; 45, Musical Instrument; Flute; 30, Musical Instrument; Fiddle; 55, Musical Instrument; Hang Drum; 35, Singing; 45
If Serani is obsessed with music, Lissa is a thousand times more so. The only thing aside from music that means anything to Lissa is her sister...and it is often hard to figure out which she loves more. Lissa can often come across as cold and indifferent to anyone who doesn't know her because of this.
Race: Mixed; Sev'ryn, Human
Age: 19 arcs
Skills: Agriculture; 30, Drawing; 30, Field Craft; 35, Gardening; 55, Medicine; 45
Serin is quiet, and almost painfully shy. She is definitely more at home with her herbs and plants than with most people. But if someone is patient enough to give her the time to open up to them, they will find a smart, caring, loyal friend.
Most of the customers will never see Serin. But they will feel her presence. She is the one who tends the plants that give Elyari's Hope its atmosphere. She also grows/forages for all of the herbs used by the restaurant. And she grows some of the fruit and vegetables used by the restaurant on a small farm located just outside the city that Elyari owns.
Serin has two younger siblings that she is raising herself since her parents died several arcs ago.
Race: Mixed; Sev'ryn, Human
Age: 10 arcs
Skills: Agriculture; 10, Cooking; 5, Field Craft; 15, Fishing; 20, Gardening; 15, Medicine; 10
Toby is a common sight around Elyari's Hope. When his older sister is working there, he is there as well. Most of the time he tries to make himself useful while he's there. He may be seen trying to help in the kitchen, or helping his sister weed the garden. Or he might be out fishing with Taru. Toby has a good head on his shoulders, and he does his best to help his older sister.
But he also has an impish side, and if he gets too bored, he is likely to go off exploring on his own, or trying to think up a clever prank to pull.
Race: Mixed; Sev'ryn, Human
Age: 9 arcs
Skills: Agriculture; 5, Baking; 10, Cooking; 10, Drawing; 25, Gardening; 25, Medicine; 25, Musical Instrument; Hang Drum; 15, Painting; 15, Singing; 5, Storytelling; 10
Like her older brother, Kasira is a common sight around Elyari's Hope when her older sister is working there. She tends to be more serious about helping out that Toby is, and she has a genuine interest in learning how to cook, and play an instrument. But like any child, she is prone to distraction, and wanting to do what she wants to do rather than what she should be doing. She also loves to read.
Kasira is very creative. When not helping out, she can be found spending breaks trying to create the next "masterpiece." She loves beautiful things, and is fascinated by the idea of producing something beautiful herself.
Credit: Kirei Qe'Azour
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